Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station opens emergency operations facility
The new 12,000 square-foot facility supports overall management of activities related to maintaining public health and safety during the event of an emergency at the plant
Akron, Ohio, March 30, 2012 — FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Co., a unit of FirstEnergy Corp., completed construction of a new emergency operations facility for its Beaver Valley Power Station.
The new 12,000 square-foot facility supports overall management of activities related to maintaining public health and safety during the event of an emergency at the plant.
The facility also will be used by Beaver Valley's emergency response organization during quarterly training drills and bi-annual exercises evaluated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to ensure preparedness to respond to an emergency.
Features of the new emergency operations facility include: enhanced technologies that aid in timely monitoring and collection of environmental data; a secured, online database for sharing plant conditions and other event information in real time between company, local, county and state emergency responders; updated computer equipment; and diverse telecommunications technology to enhance communications capabilities. In addition, multiple power supplies ensure the facility will not be affected by a loss of offsite power.
Located in Beaver Falls, Pa., the facility replaces an existing Emergency Operations Facility located on site at the Beaver Valley station in Shippingport, Pa.
FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company headquartered in Akron, Ohio. Its FENOC subsidiary also operates the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio, and the Perry Nuclear Power Plant in Perry, Ohio.